”Har haath mein phone”

''Har haath mein phone

The UPA Government is planning a Rs.7,000 crore scheme to provide one mobile phone for every Below Poverty Line (BPL) household in India. The scheme is named as ‘Har haath mein phone” (phone in every hand), expected to be introduced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 15, will not only aim to give away mobiles to around six million BPL households, it would also provide 200 minutes of free local talktime.


It is believed that, the cost per phone to the government would be around Rs.60-100 a month along with a one-time cost of around Rs.1,000 if the cheapest cell phone with basic interface is given. The Telecom Department’s Universal Service Obligation (USO) funds is said to fund half the cost and the remaining would come from the bidder who claims to provide the service.


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